Termites are a major problem in San Diego. These destructive insects can cause extensive damage to homes and businesses, and it is important to be able to recognize the signs of a termite infestation.
Here are some telltale signs to watch for:
- Tiny, pinpoint holes in drywall. Termites often create small holes in the drywall as they tunnel through the wood. These holes can be difficult to see, but they may be visible if you look closely. You may also see some granular material below these holes, also known as “kickouts” where the termites push out the waste.
- Visible mazes or tunnels within furniture or walls. If you see any visible mazes or tunnels in your furniture or walls, it is a good indication that you have a termite problem.
- Areas that mimic water damage. Termites can cause damage that looks similar to water damage. This is because they release moisture as they eat wood, which can cause the wood to swell and warp.
- Swollen ceilings and floors. Swollen ceilings and floors can be a sign of termite damage. This is because termites often build mud tubes to travel from the ground to the wood they are feeding on. These mud tubes can add weight to ceilings and floors, causing them to sag. You may also see mud tubes along the foundation at the base of your exterior walls or in your garage.
- Buckling floorboards. Buckling floorboards are another sign of termite damage. This is because termites can weaken the wood in floorboards, causing them to buckle.
If you see any of these signs, contact Bite Away for a free evaluation immediately. Termites can cause extensive damage to your home or business, and it is important to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Preventing Termite Infestations
The best way to prevent a termite infestation is to take steps to make your home less attractive to termites. Here are a few tips:
- Keep your home clean and free of debris. Termites are attracted to moist, damp areas, so it is important to keep your home dry.
- Seal any cracks or holes in your foundation or exterior walls. Termites can enter your home through even the smallest openings.
- Plant trees and shrubs away from your home. Termites are attracted to the moisture that trees and shrubs provide.
- Store firewood at least 50′ from your home. This is not only wise, but is required by
- Have your home inspected by a pest control company on a regular basis. This will help to ensure that you catch any termite infestation early on.
By taking these steps, you can help to protect your home from termite damage.